2021/09/13 09:00:00

13th September – Day 1

14th September – Day 2

MEF 2021 Agenda

Monday, 13 September, 2021

Registration of participants From 09:00 to 09:30


Forum opening:

Agim Selami, Director, ZIP Institute

Opening remarks:

Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister, Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

HE Kate Marie Byrnes, Ambassador, US Embassy to North Macedonia

HE David Geer, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to North Macedonia (c)

Family Photo 09:55 to 10:00


Key note address:

Kurt Donnally, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State (virtual)

Florian Ermacora, Head of Unit Neighbourhood Policies and International Relations in DG ENER, European Commission. (virtual)


Panel 1: Western Balkans Contribution Towards EU Green Deal

Moderator: Viktor Andonov, Energy Advisor, Prime Minister’s Office, North Macedonia 


Kreshnik Bekteshi, Minister of Economy, North Macedonia (c)

Zoran Mihajlovic, Minister for Energy, Development and Environmental Protection, Republic of Serbia

Ilir Bejtja, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Energy, Republic of Albania

Janez Kopac, Director, Energy Community Secretariat (c)


+ 1000 Participants

+300 Companies

+50 International and Domestic Panelists

ZIP Institute is an independent, nongovernmental organization which aims at improving democratic processes, the rule of law and the development of civil society in the Republic of North Macedonia, through tailor-made solutions to the most pressing social, societal and systematic problems.

A key feature of the work of ZIP Institute are detailed, encompassing analyses, initiatives and actions on local, national and regional levels, as well as  connecting the processes of research and analysis with tangible solutions to the most pressing problems and contributing to policy-making processes.

The U.S. Embassy in Skopje works to advance bilateral relations with the government and people of Macedonia, engaging foreign affairs, business, civil society, education, and other communities to promote issues of mutual interest.

Staffed by over 70 Americans and nearly 240 locally-engaged staff and under the leadership of the Ambassador, the Mission:

  • Explains and advocates U.S. Government positions on a range of bilateral, regional, and global political, economic, social, and environmental concerns;
  • Supports North Macedonia’s efforts to develop a robust, job-creating economy that produces sustained GDP growth;
  • Strengthens North Macedonia’s judicial and law enforcement capacities, particularly to combat corruption, trafficking in persons, and organized crime;
  •  Bolsters democratic institutions and supports the full implementation of the 2001 Ohrid Framework Agreement, in both letter and spirit;
  •  Reinforces close ties with North Macedonia as a model ally in the region and as an invaluable contributor to the Global War on Terror; and
  • Promotes understanding of U.S. society and values to ensure that future generations share common interests and goals.

The government aims to regain the lost energy security and stability of North Macedonia, reduce energy and energy costs, and make the sun a source of energy in the households. The government will provide energy availability to all citizens and enterprises.

Innovative solutions and advanced technologies for energy production will be stimulated to reduce the share of fossil fuels and increase production from renewable energy sources. The reduction of energy imports will be a result of combining energy efficiency and energy savings, rational production of own energy and a meaningful performance on the regional and international markets for electricity, natural gas and oil derivatives.

The Government will support rational electricity production by transforming TEC Negotino into an energy-agricultural plant, building HPP Cebren and HPP Galishte, optimizing the Pelagon coal basin, implementing the most up-to-date environmental standards in TPP Bitola and TPP Oslomej.








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